The Resource Defiance, C.J. Redwine

Defiance, C.J. Redwine

Label
Defiance
Title
Defiance
Statement of responsibility
C.J. Redwine
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Rachel's father goes missing on a mission, her attempt to escape their walled city-state and find him brings danger, heartbreak, and a new romance with her father's apprentice
Member of
Tone
Review
  • Grades 8-11 In this distinctively imagined dystopian fantasy, Rachel and Logan must throw their lots together in order to fight for justice against a cruel city-state dictator known as the Commander. At 15, Rachel possesses qualities normally forbidden to girls, such as fighting skills, self-confidence, and a nurtured belief in her own independence. Logan, a few years older, became her courier father’s apprentice when he was an orphan. Now that her father has disappeared, the teens discover, to their mutual dissatisfaction, that Logan has been named Rachel’s protector. In alternating voices, Redwine unfolds the adventures, threats, deep disappointments, and hard-won gains the two teens experience. Logan is a tech whiz who places logic and planning above quick response, while Rachel’s passionate disposition has her reaching further than she can readily grasp. The fantasy elements include a fearsome beast known as the Cursed One, a kind of underground dragon the Commander uses to control the common people. Fans of Ursula K. Le Guin will be excited to meet this new but skilled fantasist. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 09-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 2, p69)
  • Gr 7 Up — Fifty years ago, the Cursed Ones escaped their underground prison and nearly destroyed all life on Earth. Survivors cluster within the walls of Baalboden, living in constant fear of attacks and relying on the protection of cruel Commander Jason Chase. Unlike the other women, who are helpless and submissive, Rachel Adams is a survivor and a fighter. When her father goes missing while on a secret mission to retrieve a device that would enable its holder to control the Cursed Ones, the Commander recruits Rachel to find him-and, more importantly, the device-at any cost. If she fails, Logan, her true love and Protector, will be killed. Rachel has everything to lose. And she has a plan. But will it work? Redwine's YA debut is an admirable attempt at following in the footsteps of such genre benchmarks as Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008) and Scott Westerfeld's Uglies (S & S, 2005). Unfortunately, it doesn't quite measure up. Pacing is slow, and stock characters are predictable and two-dimensional. With so many dystopian novels on the market, this title is not one of the better options.—Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI --Alissa J. Bach (Reviewed December 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 12, p128)
  • When 16-year-old Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, she is made the ward of his 19-year-old apprentice, Logan, her unrequited first love. Rachel is certain her father is alive, but to leave the walled city-state of Baalboden and search for him she must agree to help Commander Chase, the violent despot who sent her father on his last journey. The commander desperately wants the package Rachel’s father was carrying, and he’s willing to exchange Logan’s life for it. Rachel swears to bring back the item, free Logan, and make the commander regret he ever knew her, but a rival power is also seeking the parcel, and the commander has some tricks up his sleeve. Alternating between Rachel and Logan’s perspectives, Redwine’s debut is a jumble of technology, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic adventure. Her characters are interesting, but so capable and polished that they lose realism and sympathy. The story offers solid writing, ample action, and a sweet romance, but also implausible science and an unexpectedly messy climax that leads into the next book. Ages 13–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 6, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 32, p)
  • Another pair of lovers in a post-apocalyptic dystopia fight the Man. When Rachel's father, Jared, the best tracker in Baalboden, doesn't return from a mission, he is declared dead, and his teenage apprentice, Logan, is unexpectedly named her Protector. This is a problem, because she hates his guts. But they both loved Jared, and they are both determined to defy the megalomaniacal Commander that rules their city-state to find him. Readers will be frustrated at the textbook way Rachel and Logan fail to communicate with each other, as each plots separately to escape into the Wasteland and find Jared. Predictably, they are found out, and just as predictably, they discover passionate love for each other. Redwine's worldbuilding is particularly weak. Vague reference is made to an energy shortage that led to drilling that woke up the Cursed One, a reptilian monster that lives underground, but there is no attempt to flesh out the catastrophe that destroyed civilization as we know it. How women came to be relegated to positions of extreme subservience is also left completely unexplained. That all of this seems to have happened within the lifetime of the Commander who founded Baalboden beggars credulity. Internal logic takes a backseat to overwrought, present-tense narration, which alternates between Logan's and Rachel's nearly identical voices. Only for those who can't get enough of this nearly played-out genre. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10142782
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Redwine, C. J
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 5-8
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.7
  • 5.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Defiance trilogy
Series volume
bk. 1]
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Missing persons
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Fantasy
  • Missing persons
  • Love
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Missing persons
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Defiance, C.J. Redwine
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Sequel: Deception
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn777620956
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780062117182
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012008409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)777620956
Label
Defiance, C.J. Redwine
Publication
Note
Sequel: Deception
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn777620956
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780062117182
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012008409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)777620956

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